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OBITUARIES: July 30, 2014


Richter, Suitter, Holmes, Roundy, Twidwell



BRIEFLY: Bicyclist struck by car Tuesday morning

Written by Observer staff July 30, 2014 10:01 am

Bicyclist struck by car Tuesday morning 

A 72-year-old Elgin man was struck by a car Tuesday morning while riding his bicycle on Highway 82.

The name of the victim is not being released until family has been notified, according to police. His condition and the extent of his injuries is not being released at this time.

The man was riding his bicycle southbound on the northbound shoulder near Philberg Road at approximately 7:30 a.m. Witnesses said that the bicyclist swerved into the northbound traffic and the man was struck by an Elgin woman.

The bicyclist suffered undisclosed injuries and was taken by La Grande Fire Department ambulance to the Grande Ronde Hospital.

The motorist was uninjured, and her vehicle sustained minor damage.


New fires burning in Eagle Cap Wilderness

Written by Katy Nesbitt July 30, 2014 09:10 am

The China Cap Fire burning southwest of Joseph grew to 300 acres Tuesday afternoon and is being fought by McCall smoke jumpers, single engine air tankers and helicopters. (US Forest Service photo)
JOSEPH — Eight smoke jumpers landed on the China Cap fire in the Eagle Cap wilderness late Tuesday morning. By nightfall it had grown to 300 acres.

The jumpers are being assisted by single-engine air tankers and helicopters dropping retardant and water on the blaze. The fire is burning in heavy subalpine fir in steep terrain, making firefighting from the ground difficult.


MY VOICE: Leaving an indelible mark

Written by Beth Stewart July 30, 2014 08:36 am

When I found myself single with three small children 12 years ago, I never dreamed I’d fall in love. Not with another man, but with my clients. My elderly clients.

I got into the insurance business much like others do — not by design. My schooling was in natural resources, but as a single mom faced with raising three children, I entered the insurance industry strictly for financial reasons. What I found surprised me.


Elgin City Council agrees to pay for equipment, with stipulations

Written by Cherise Kaechele July 30, 2014 06:49 am

The Elgin City Council voted Monday to pay for the equipment purchased for the Elgin Opera House air conditioning unit to buy the city council and the opera house board some time to work out finances.

"We do support the opera house, but we need to worry about the taxpayers," said Councilman Allan Duffy during Monday's special session.

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